Alston & Bird

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Alston & Bird LLP
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Headquarters One Atlantic Center
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
No. of offices 11
No. of attorneys Approx. 800
No. of employees 1627
Major practice areas corporate law, litigation, intellectual property, tax law
Key people Richard R. Hays (Chairman and Managing Partner)
Revenue $730.5 million (2017)
Date founded 1893; 125 years ago (1893)
Company type LLP
Website alston.com

Alston & Bird LLP is an international global law firm with over 800 lawyers in 11 offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. The firm provides a full range of legal services to domestic and international clients who conduct business worldwide.[citation needed] Alston & Bird has advised companies including Amazon.com, The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Bank of America, Starbucks, Toyota, Dell, UPS, and Nokia.[citation needed] For the past 19 years, Fortune has ranked the firm in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list.[1] Core practices include intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in energy and sustainability, health care, financial services and public policy.[citation needed]

In March 2017, the firm boosted its west coast presence with the opening of its San Francisco office.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Through the roots of the Alston, Miller & Gaines’ predecessor firms, the merger with Jones, Bird and Howell formed Alston & Bird on December 1, 1982.[citation needed] Expansion beyond Georgia began with the establishment of an office in Washington, DC, followed by the 1997 merger with intellectual property-focus Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson (Charlotte and Raleigh), Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green in 2001 (New York), and Crews, Shepherd & McCarty LLP in 2007 (Dallas).[citation needed] In August 2008, the firm opened a Silicon Valley office with attorneys from the national firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.[citation needed] The next month, Alston & Bird acquired the 100-lawyer strong Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava and MacCuish LLP, launching in Los Angeles and Ventura County to reach 9 offices nationwide.[citation needed] Legal publications report that the Atlanta-based firm is seeking to launch additional overseas offices in London and Germany.[2] Legacy firm Walter Conston operated a Munich liaison office before it was acquired by Alston & Bird.[3]

Today, the firm is headquartered in Midtown Atlanta in One Atlantic Center and has approximately 800 attorneys providing a full range of services to domestic and international clients conducting business all over the world.[citation needed]

Notable partners[edit]

Former managing partner Benjamin F. Johnson, III was named on the Atlanta Business Chronicle's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Atlanta.[4]

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has been a Special Counsel at the firm's Washington, D.C. office since 2003.[5] Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle is a former partner of the firm.[6]

Offices[edit]

The firm has offices in Atlanta, New York City, Washington, D.C., Brussels, Charlotte, Raleigh, Dallas, Los Angeles, Beijing, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.[7]

Compensation[edit]

In June 2016, Alston & Bird announced that it would raise attorney salaries to match market rates set earlier that month by the New York based law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.[citation needed] Firm bonuses range from $15,000 - $100,000 depending on year and merit-based reviews.[citation needed]

Year Salary
1st year associate $180,000
2nd year associate $190,000
3rd year associate $210,000
4th year associate $235,000
5th year associate $260,000
6th year associate $280,000
7th year associate $300,000
8th year associate N/A

Political contributions[edit]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Alston & Bird was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.26 million, 53% to Democrats.[8] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats,[8] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[9] Since 1990, Alston & Bird contributed $5.1 million to federal campaigns.[10]

Notable cases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Best Companies to Work For 2018". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  2. ^ Matt Byrne (July 17, 2006). "Alston raids Pillsbury for London, German growth". thelawyer.com. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Alston & Bird completes NY takeover". thelawyer.com. January 15, 2001. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Richard A. (2007-06-25). "100 Most Influential Atlantans: A-J". Atlanta Business Chronicle. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2018-02-16. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Former Senator Bob Dole Joins Alston & Bird | News & Insights | Alston & Bird LLP". www.alston.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  6. ^ Lee, Christopher (2005-03-14). "Daschle Moving to K Street". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  7. ^ "Offices | Alston & Bird LLP". www.alston.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. 
  9. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Organizations: Alston & Bird". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. 
  11. ^ Amanda Bronstad, "Judge Agrees to Expand Plaintiffs Committees in Toyota MDL," The National Law Journal, 17 May 2010.

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